October 16, 2019·tcotw
Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
— Hebrews 13: 5-6
This week’s Pause Plan readings were challenging, mostly because the majority of the chapters were in Jeremiah, where he shares his lament over Judah’s continual disobedience to the Lord. However, the Lord used the verses above (Hebrews 13:5-6) to meet me at exactly the right time. God’s timing is always amazing!
“The Lord is my helper; I will NOT fear.” I don’t know about you, but I need to have this practical reminder run over me like water. I can easily be fearful and allow worry to consume me. Yet, this confident proclamation of the Lord’s faithfulness and unfailing strength washes that away. No matter the circumstance. As humans, we’re quick to forget the Lord’s goodness. The Israelites forgot the Lord’s faithfulness, even after He fed them with manna and quail FROM THE SKY! I think we read that part a little too quickly. The Lord provided for them, out of the clear blue sky! LITERALLY! And yet, we continually fail to acknowledge the ongoing miracles the Lord is performing, the mountains He is moving, the simple fact that He has never left us … not once.
I’m getting married in a few days and, by the time this is sent out, I will be newly married. The most beautiful part of the engagement process is having the front row seat to the Lord’s constant goodness. Lately, I’ve felt extremely overwhelmed and yet, the Lord has never left my side. I may have felt distant from Him, but He was right there, gently guiding me back and drawing me closer to Him, as I began to understand in a whole new way HIS promise — that He will never leave us nor forsake us.
I, like many of us, am quick to read this and say, “of course the Lord is with us,” but we unknowingly forget the magnitude of these words. Our infinite Father God will never forsake us. He sees YOU, and He delights in YOU. Like a groom awaiting his bride, so is our Father waiting for His children to come to Him with the acceptance of His promise. As simple as it is, the Lord will never leave you. He is constant, even in our inconsistency. Even in our disobedience, His grace is unwavering.
I encourage you to submit your fears and worries to your Heavenly Father and boldly accept His promise, He will never leave you nor forsake you.